- symbolism 1650s, "practice of representing things with symbols," from SYMBOL (Cf. symbol) + -ISM (Cf. -ism). Attested from 1892 as a movement in French literature that aimed at representing ideas and emotions by indirect suggestion rather than direct expression; rejecting realism and naturalism, it attached symbolic meaning to certain objects, words, etc. Fr. symboliste was coined by poet Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) in 1885.
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